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AMD Opteron 6300 targets virtual data centres

07 Nov 2012

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AMD has unleased its AMD Opteron 6300 Series server processors based on its next-generation "Piledriver" core architecture. According to the company, the processors deliver superior performance and scalability for virtualized server platforms that are central to private and public cloud deployments, big data systems and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.

The AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors strike the ultimate balance between performance, scalability and cost effectiveness to help IT organisations lower total cost of ownership (TCO), boasted the company. The products claim to offer industry-leading performance in SPECjbb2005, a server benchmark used to evaluate Java performance, with up to 24 per cent higher performance versus the prior generation AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors, noted AMD.

The processors touts up to 16 cores per socket for scaling in thread-intensive environments, and feature up to 3.5GHz base frequency and up to 3.8GHz using AMD Turbo CORE. The AMD-P power management features maximise performance-per-watt across workloads while giving IT managers more control over their data centre power profiles, indicated the company. In addition, the AMD Virtualisation (AMD-V) technology enables near-native performance in virtualized environments and lowest cost per virtual machine.

The AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors tout up to four memory channels with up to 1866MHz memory, support ultra low voltage 1.25V memory, support up to 12 DIMMs per CPU for up to 384GB memory per processor, and offers up to four x16 HyperTransport technology (HT3) links at up to 6.4GT/s per link.

AMD continues to drive HPC performance with the AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors by leveraging optimisations in compilers and libraries, and combining it with the next-generation core architecture. AMD has delivered impressive results in key HPC applications such as the molecular dynamics workloads LAMMPs and NAMD3.

Servers from Dell and HP based on the AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors are expected to be available before the end of the year. Systems and platforms are available today from Cray, SGI and Supermicro as well as AMAX, Appro, ASUS, ClusterVision, Colfax International, MEGWARE Computer, Microway, Penguin Computing, Silicon Mechanics and ZT Systems. AMD's own "Roadrunner" platform, developed for the Open Compute Project, will be available in 1Q13.

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